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Tammy (Rude) Edman sent me an e-mail (below) about the good old days, so I started my own list. Feel free to e-mail me your memories!

Hiding together and holding hands (we were so naughty!)
Basketball in Jed's backyard
Whiffle ball in Jed's sideyard (on the corner) with the hedge as a fence
Baseball in our (Day's) yard
The Hot Wheels city we built in Day's basement (along with the fold-down train set)
Football in the vacant lot across from Hansen's (the trees were spread out enough to be "first down" markers)
Timmy's Shetland pony
Playing cowboys and Indians with real BB guns and Timmy's pony
Going with Tim's dad delivering gas (we used to sniff the gas and get a buzz!)
Exploring the hills by Tammy's house and the slew and big rock down the street
Shelly and me (Doug) burning down the hill along 212
Getting inside those big wooden wire holders and pushing each other around until we were dizzy enough to puke
Grandma Phillipi (the old lady who lived on top of the hill in that old run down house)
Stealing smokes from our parents
Stealing smokes from stores
Riding around in Doug's Dad's 1949 Plymouth Coup (that became Doug's after he died)
Driving across the one-way bridge by the dam with cars coming from the other way and not having any breaks in that old Plymouth.
Doug's Mom's Green Hornet car (complete with seats that folded all the way back!!!!)
Visiting the power plant
Fishing for giant catfish in the hot water discharge at the power plant
"Catching" catfish and bullheads in the power plant's traveling water screens
Getting milk delivered every other day by Dick Lecy
Going to the Korner Grocery at lunch time
Dr. Lundell
Grabbing our .22 rifles, walking down the street and just going out and shooting crap
The skating rink
Helping to build the Lutheran Church
The Sandberg's garden (across from Timmy's)
Mr. Sandberg cutting off heads of chickens and watching them run around
Going to the rodeo

Some Generic Memories from an E-mail

It took five minutes for the TV warm up
Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school
When a quarter was a decent allowance
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time
And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car,
in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home
Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
P.F. Fliers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix...Granite’s was Locust 4
Party lines on your phone
American Band Stand
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Cork pop guns
The drive-in movie in Monte
Washtub wringers
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Penny candy
35 cent a gallon gasoline
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"
A foot of snow was a dream come true
 "Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles
War was a card game
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle



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